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This page last updated Sunday, February 24, 2019

Program Basics:

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS for programs (except for bird banding open houses), PLEASE CALL US AT (847) 428-OWLS (6957), OR EMAIL STILLMAN AT  Remember to include your name, phone number, and the number of people that will be attending.

If less than 5 - 10 people (varying with the activity) have called two days prior to a program, the program could well be cancelled. So, don't forget to call the nature center in advance. If you discover that you are unable to attend, please call to cancel your reservations. This courtesy will be greatly appreciated.

Please note that the Stillman Nature Center is also available during the week, by reservation, to school classes, Audubon chapters, garden clubs, and other organized groups.  Also, we can bring our raptors to your classroom or meeting place.  For a brochure that describes the programs and fees, just call or check our website at: and we'll be happy to send you one.

OWL Outreach Program:

Stillman's Executive Director, Mark Spreyer, has been bringing owls to school classes, garden clubs, wildlife conferences, and other groups for nearly twenty-five years. In recent years, the Stillman Nature Center has expanded its collection of permanently injured raptors. Now's the time to schedule Mark and our knowledgeable volunteers to talk to your group. The following fee schedule is for locations within twenty-five miles of Stillman. We will travel further but the fee would increase. Remember that we can't guarantee a precise number of raptors as they are permanently injured live animals which may not always be able to travel.

Fee Schedule:

One program (up to three raptors): $175.00

Two programs: $250.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

One program (up to five raptors): $225.00

Two programs: $300.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

The programs can be adjusted to suit any grade from first on up. Those of you dissecting owl pellets or studying the ecosystems of Illinois would find our presentation particularly applicable. If food chains are in the curriculum, what better way to illustrate what a predator is?

All we need is a screen or white wall and a slide projector. If you don't have a projector, just let us know and we'll bring one. If you have any questions, Mark can be reached at 847-428-OWLS (6957) or by e-mail at



Join us outside for a healthy hour-long walk around a lake, through the woods, and who knows where else? Why not add Stillman to your list of exercise options?  Come prepared to hike the trails with sturdy winter boots.

Dates:  Thursdays, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

Time:   9:30 AM

Fee:     None

OWL MOON NIGHT HIKE  Canceled due to icy trails

After an indoor program on owls, we will walk the trails in search of Stillman’s great horned and screech owls. You’ll be able to enjoy the winter landscape under the nearly full moon. Space is limited so call (847) 428-OWLS to make reservations. Don’t forget to dress warmly.

Date:   Saturday, Feb. 16

Time:  6:30 PM

Age:   8 years and up

Member’s Fee:  Free

Non-member’s Fee:  $5.00   


In past years, the woodcocks have put on quite a show. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we’ll have another good nuptial display this year. Bring your binoculars and wear hiking shoes.

Date:   Saturdays, March 16 & 23

Time:  6:30 PM

Fee:    None

Age:   10 years and up



Many birds, including wrens, swallows and bluebirds, like to nest in tree cavities. You can increase the chances of attracting such birds by

placing nest boxes in your yard. Join Jim  Under What’s in a Name? and Jeff Klauke as they help you assemble your own nest box.  

Feel free to drop in between the times listed. Dress to be outside and please bring your own hammer.

Date:   Sunday, March 31

Time:  1:00 - 3:00

Member’s Fee:          $5.00/house kit

Non-member’s Fee:  $10.00/house kit

Limit: 1 house/family


Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about our resident and migratory birds. Birds are not caught in a predictable manner, so come prepared to hike the trails. With luck, you’ll see a bird in the hand and two in the bush. If it is raining, the banding open house will be canceled.

Date:  Sundays, April 7, May 5, June 2

Time:   9:00AM to Noon

Fee:     None


Mike Levin will lead a morning bird walk. Migration will be under way and you never know what we might find. Binoculars and field guides are a must. If you don’t have any, don’t worry, Stillman does. Please call 847-428-OWLS to make reservations.

Date:  Sundays, April 28,& May 19

Time:  8:00 AM

Fee:    None

Age:   8 years and up




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